Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions Applicants



Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, the examination testing locations at the dental schools at the University of California, Los Angeles and San Francisco locations are not available for the administration of the RDAEF clinical and practical examinations scheduled through the end of year 2020.

The examination requirements for RDAEF licensure are in statute; and the Board does not have the authority to waive these requirements at any time. However, in accordance with Executive Order N-39-20, the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs is authorized to waive laws and regulations pertaining to professional licensing requirement during this state of emergency.

Dental Board Members recognize the challenges associated with the delay in the clinical and practical examinations for RDAEF candidates who have completed programs and are ready to be licensed. Therefore, on August 21, 2020, the Board submitted a waiver to the Director requesting temporary suspension of the requirement for RDAEF applicants to successfully pass the clinical and practical examination for licensure due to the inability of the Board to secure examination testing locations to host the clinical and practical examination because of COVID-19 related concerns.

On August 31, 2020 the Board received notice that the waiver was denied; and that the Department has not waived any clinical or practical examinations for any other licensing board at this time.

The Board is committed to finding a solution to the RDAEF licensing challenge as quickly as possible; and staff will continue to work closely with the dental schools to secure examination dates in 2021. Staff will also attempt to identify additional testing locations.

All applicants will be contacted by Board staff as examination dates and locations become available. Please check back periodically to the Board’s website for the latest information regarding the availability of the RDAEF clinical and practical examinations.

The Board is exploring all alternatives regarding the RDAEF clinical and practical examinations; and will continue to post alerts on its website and notify RDAEF programs and applicants of any updates as more information becomes available.

How to Become a Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions

Reciprocity is not offered to practice as a Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions (RDAEF) in California. All persons wishing to perform the functions of an RDAEF in California must complete the licensure process described below.

Application and Examination Requirements

On and after January 1, 2010, the Dental Board of California (Board) may license as an RDAEF a person who submits written evidence, satisfactory to the Board, of all the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Current licensure as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) or completion of the requirements for licensure as an RDA.
  2. Successful completion of a Board-approved course in the application of Pit and Fissure Sealants.
  3. Successful completion of a Board-approved RDAEF program.
  4. Passage of a written, clinical and practical examination administered by the Board.
  5. Submission of fingerprint clearances from both the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Once this process is completed and an applicant is found to be qualified for licensure, a pocket identification card and wall certificate are issued. There is no license fee required for the initial license other than the initial application and examination fees.


For more information, please call (916) 263-2300 or email